2017’s Best in Music

It’s the end of 2017, so I put myself to the arduous task of compiling a list of the year’s best in music again. I was just as  selective this year as I was in 2016, so the list below only contains 15 songs/artists/albums. I’m becoming very good at this.

Anyway, let’s not waste any time. Here are my favorite songs, artists, and albums of 2017!

1. “Feels” ft. Pharell Williams, Katy Perry, Big Sean, Calvin Harris, Funk Wav Bounces Vol.1. You heard Katy, “don’t be afraid.”

2. “Hurt Nobody”, Andrew Belle, Dive Deep. I think this one takes number one in my heart for best love song of 2017 to slow dance to.

3. “Observer” Darius, Utopia. Darius is a genius and Utopia goes to extreme lengths to prove it.

4. “For a Ride”, NOVAA, Lo, Lights. What a fantastic duo. I would so love to see these two work together again in 2018.

5. “Plastic Rose” Maroon 5, Red Pill Blues. Well, if it’s plastic, doesn’t it mean the love will never die?

6. “Saw You In A Dream”, The Japanese House, Saw You In A Dream. This is the best single I’ve ever heard from The Japanese House. So much emotion in those lyrics.

7. “Depths” ft. Animal Feelings, Mammals, Chase Your Bliss. I kept hearing Mammals as a featured artist on a bunch of songs I love. It’s great to see the roles reversed on this EP. Animal Feelings brought good vibes.

8. “High Off Love” Cannons, Night Drive. Cannons is such glamorously smooth chillwave and I can’t get enough.

9. “Human Touch” ft. Maya Vic, KAPPEKOFF, Kappekoff. If you know me well enough, you’ll understand why the intro to this song gets me every time.

10. “Told You So”, Paramore, After Laughter. Paramore made such a fun comeback in 2017! I love Hayley’s new hair too!

11. “Night Time TV” Fenech-Soler, ZILLA. Can you imagine how fun these guys must be in concert? Like, woah, buddy!

12. “Just a Feeling” ft. VERITÉ, Phantoms, Phantoms. This song has followed me to various stores after I heard this album, and I’m not even mad though. VERITÉ’s voice is a vision.

13. “Malibu 1992”, COIN, How Will You Know If You Never Try. So retro, so somber, so good.

14. “Disguise”, Day Wave, The Days We Had. Prom dance anyone? Also, I am proud to say I own this on vinyl!

15. “Plea Rel”, Canon Blue, Lasso Yo. If he’s saying what I think he’s saying in this song this dude must have had a rough year. Welcome back, Canon Blue.

 

Happy New Year’s Eve!

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Fan Art Fridays: Lil’ Jon

lil john fan art

I though it was a joke when I saw the tweets about Lil’ Jon being named the new CEO of Papa John’s Pizza. I really did. So I Googled some news articles to see how many people fell for it and it turns out that IT’S TRUE.

 

Are these people serious? Is this temporary? They’re totally going to hire a legit CEO with restaurant experience, right?

I can’t stare at the computer for too long because of my headaches, but enjoy this fan art of Papa John’s new CEO I found on Deviant Art by nosmelone.

My Spotify 2017 Wrapped (Year in Music)

spotify 2017 wrapped

I haven’t been feeling too well over the last few days. Since I started my holiday vacation, I’ve gotten a headache every evening after dinner. That’s why I was unable to post for Gallery Mondays and Wardrobe Wednesdays. I’m so sorry!

If I hadn’t scheduled my winter playlist in advance, that still wouldn’t be up either.

To make up for my absence, I’ve decided to share with you all my Spotify 2017 Year in Music, also known as Spotify 2017 Wrapped.

I’m not sure why, but the way they present the data keeps changing every year. The first time I did this back in 2014, the data was laid out simply and beautifully with bar charts, percentages, and more.

Now they’re going over the top to bring you measly top fives in categories like genre and such. You’re presented with a mini quiz where you guess your most played artists, song, and etc. before they give you the actual results. What gives?

Anyway, here’s what I found:

1. Top Artist: Andrew Belle

This I know for sure is true. When his album Dive Deep came out, I could not stop listening. Kye Kye came in second, as I discovered new tracks from them that I loved from previous albums (they really need to make some new music)!

2. Top Song: “Her” by Kye Kye

As I mentioned before, “Her” is one of the Kye Kye songs I hadn’t noticed last year. It’s so good! “Nightmare” by Rye is also brilliant with its subtly menacing vibes. I hope we hear some new material from Rye in 2018.

3. Top Genre: Indietronica

Indietronica FTW! Now when I tell people that’s my favorite genre, I won’t be lying lol. I’ve loved indietronica since my last few years of high school. It’s such a fun innovative genre.

As for the other genres besides Pop, I know nothing specific about their characteristics, so I can’t tell which songs landed me there.

You can also check out a playlist of my 100 most played songs on Spotify:

See your Spotify 2017 Wrapped here: 2017wrapped.com

Winter 2017 Galactic Playlist

It’s officially winter, so you know what time it is! This year’s winter playlist is taking on a galactic theme in honor of the new Star Wars film that was released earlier this month.

This Winter 2017 Galactic Playlist features a few more upbeat tracks than previous winter playlists, with synth beats, electro pop, and more.

So let’s get to it with this 15-track, space-themed winter warm up!

1. Intro, Mood Robot. Let’s get the mood flowing with an intro from Mood Robot.

2. Curious, Ark Patrol ft. Victoria Zaro. I’d be curious about what would happen if I kissed someone in space too, you know, with gravity and all…

3. Flicker, Many Faces. I’d love to see your many faces flicker, too.

4. Back to the Stars, The Landing. For a sexy time in space, let’s go “back to the stars.”

5. 1901, Phoenix. Takin’ it back to the 20th century.

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Wardrobe Wednesdays: Jessica Biel in Beverly Hills

Jessica Biel in Beverly Hills fashionJessica Biel looked super fall chic last week in Beverly Hills wearing a black floral print dress and burgundy leather jacket.

She paired the look with burgundy lace up ankle boots, which I think really differentiate this from a spring look.

I love the way she pulls out the pink tones of the dress with the burgundy jacket and boots. The deep color goes well with the soft florals.

See below for the original dress (marked with *) and a few other items inspired by Jessica Biel’s look.

Jacket:

1. Satin Sense, $254.98

2. Romwe, $34.99

Dress:

3. Lulu’s $62.00

4. Nordstrom, $118.00 *

Boots:

5. Forever 21, $29.90

6. JJ’s House, $27.99

Photowall Canvas Print Review

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photowall michelangelo male nudes canvas print

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A few weeks ago, I woke up to an email from Swedish company Photowall asking if I wanted to review one of their products. Photowall sells gorgeous wall murals, wallpaper, and canvas prints, and even offers the opportunity to order custom made products.

I could not say no to doing the review, because my roommates and I have some large bare walls in our living space. Since my roommates always joke about liking nude art (I honestly thought they were serious for a while), I typed “nude” on Photowall’s site and got a result for Michelangelo’s “Studies of Male Nudes”. The blush pink color of the canvas print matched one of our couch pillows perfectly, so I wasted no time notifying Photowall to send it to me for this review.

When I received the package via DHL, I was a bit confused due to the skinny rectangular shape of the package. I ordered a perfect square sized (90 cm x 90 cm) canvas print. Shouldn’t it be bigger and square?

Fortunately, it was the right order, it just required some assembly, namely sticking, stretching and screwing.

photowall assembly

The black screws stopped lining up with the holes at one point, so my roommate got impatient and decided to get nails to drill in with a drillbit.

And then this happened to one side of the canvas.

OOPS.

Other than that snafu, assembly wasn’t difficult at all. After we finished, we rested it on the couch to see how it would look.

Let’s study this male nude!

Our living room isn’t finished yet, we haven’t hung it up officially, but we plan to do so with command strips since the canvas is only 11 pounds.

Classy Texas gals and Michelangelo

We’re super happy with our canvas print from Photowall. Delivery to NYC was seamless, and I think our living room is really starting to come together with this piece!

Check out Photowall’s collection, and don’t forget to take 20% off your order with the code TheWhisperBoxCampaign2017 until 1/19/18!